Your HVAC system is a vital component of your home, and as such the cooling and heating equipment will require repair, maintenance and even replacement from time to time. While some minor tasks, such as filter changes can be done yourself, the bigger jobs will require a professional. If you’re looking for an HVAC contractor in the San Joaquin Valley, here are some tips to help you with your search:
- Ask around for recommendations. Family, friends, neighbors and co-workers may have some great recommendations for you, so ask around before you hire.
- Conduct a short phone interview. You can get a sense for the company you may be dealing with by asking a few simple questions with your initial call. For example, if you’re offered an estimate over the phone, without anyone coming to look at your home, move on.
- Ask for, and check references. Before you hire your new HVAC contractor, ask for at least three local references and call each one. Have a short list of questions ready to ask such as how satisfied they were with the work, price and attitude, and ask whether they would hire the contractor again.
- Review the contractor’s license and insurance information. In the state of California, you can check a potential hire’s licensing information, as well as whether they are bonded and insured at this government website.
- Choose an established contractor. Select an HVAC contractor with years of knowledge and experience behind them.
- Seek information on permits. Ask if the contractor will be getting permits. These protect both parties, by ensuring the work is done to code.
- Go for service. Choose a company with a great reputation for customer service. A quality contractor values his customers and will take good care of you.
We’re confident you’ll find the right answers to all of these questions if you contact us at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. With more than 40 years in the industry, we have earned our great reputation in the San Joaquin Valley.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC contractors and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.